Acupuncture for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Up to 45 million of people in the US live with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a condition that comes with a number of uncomfortable symptoms including, bloating, gas, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, or mixed diarrhea and constipation. In addition to overall feeling unwell, IBS also impacts work, school, and social situations.[1]

There is hope to feel better. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine are helpful in treating IBS.[2,3]

In my ten years of practice I have helped hundreds of patients with IBS improve with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Alban_052113_082 copy

What Causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome

According to acupuncture, not all people get … Read More

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Atopic Eczema

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The itch in atopic dermatitis can take over your life. It is so intense, those with atopic eczema of wake up scratching. And after your scratch, the skin becomes more inflamed, itchy, dry, and lichenified.

Most people with atopic eczema have a family history eczema, hay fever, and asthma. Allergies to foods, mold, or irritant substances may cause a flare in the condition (1). Atopic eczema is increasing rapidly in industrialized countries. Atopic eczema is treated most often with topical steroids that suppress the inflammatory response. Unfortunately, steroids also have many side effects.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help reduce … Read More

Chinese medicine for April Allergies

April allergies can be cruel.  Headache, itchy eyes, sneezing, and scratchy throat are overwhelming.   Chinese herbal formulas are very effective for reducing the runny nose and stuffiness, headaches, and itchy eyes,

Nasal Symptoms and Sinus Headache

For people with hay fever and sinus symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, and sinus headache the overall most effective formulas is called Bi Min Gan Wan, the nasal congestion formula.  This is a mild formula that helps to reduce headache, nasal congestion.

Itchy Eyes

In Chinese medicine, itchy eyes from allergies is generally from heat.  The herbal formula best for itchy eyes form heat … Read More

All About Acupressure

Acupressure is the massage of acupressure points and channels.   I often use acupressure and tui na (Chinese medical massage) combined with with acupuncture in my clinic.

Acupressure in context

To really understand how acupressure works, we have to see it as part of the whole of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Chinese medicine dates back thousands of years.  The first book of Chinese medicine is called the Huang di nei jing, or the Yellow Emperor’s Inner Cannon.   

acupressureThe book is a conversation between the Yellow Emperor and his doctor, named Qi Bo.  Qi bo explains that health comes from a state … Read More

What is Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a term that refers to medicine practices developed in China and other parts of Asia.  Traditional Chinese Medicine generally covers many types of modalities including acupuncture and moxibustion, Chinese Herbal remedies, Tui Na or Chinese Medical Massage, as well as other manual therapies including gua sha (spoon massage or coining) and cupping.

In China, the term Chinese medicine (in Chinese it is called Zhong Yi 中医) often refers to the practice of Chinese herbal medicine.  Although it can also refer to the entire practice of Chinese medicine. While acupuncture refers to acupuncture and moxibustion.

Some of … Read More

Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Literary Medicine

“And when you do find one, observe with care…they almost always have crystals in their hearts.”

From Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

To understand Chinese medicine better, we also have to think about how acupuncture and Chinese medicine conceptualize and describe the body.

The Language of Acupuncture and Chinese medicine

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine is a comprehensive medical system with it own diagnosis and treatment.  The terminology and language is also unique.

Sometimes, acupuncture language may sound a little magical.  We may say that a headache is caused by liver qi stagnation in one … Read More

Acupuncture for Frequent Urination following Prostate Surgery

In my last post I wrote about research that shows acupuncture helps reduce hot flashes in men with androgen ablating therapy.   In addition to hot flashes, men can experience frequent urination, incontinence, and sexual dysfunction following prostate cancer surgery.

Here are two articles I wrote focusing on prostate cancer surgery recovery.   The first is a case study published in Medical Acupuncture.

ABSTRACT

Background: Radical prostatectomy, while a successful treatment for prostate cancer, often results in chronic adverse effects.

Objective: To report the use of acupuncture to treat frequent urination and nocturia following radical prostatectomy.

Design, and Patient: A 62-year-old … Read More

Acupuncture for Adult Acne Treatment

Some think that only teenagers get acne.  But many adults, mostly women, develop acne in their 20’s and remain with it well into their 40’s.  Adult acne is a very common issue I treat in my acupuncture clinic. The combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbs are very effective for adult acne treatment.

One theory is that stress causes hormone imbalances which effect the development of acne. Also, as many people know, the menstrual cycle can influence acne.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Acne Treatment

Acupuncture helps the body to manage stress and encourages the body to relax. Chinese herbs work to regulate … Read More

Favorite Acupuncture Book Recommendations

Patients are always interested in learning more about acupuncture and Chinese medicine.  Here are my favorite books for theory, history, and clinical applications of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Introductory Books to Acupuncture and Chinese medicine

The History of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

My Favorite Acupuncture Manual

My Favorite Qi Gong Book

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